FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00671

Submission Number:
539814-00671
Commenter:
William McLaughlin
State:
OR
Initiative Name:
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle

Although DRM attempts to protect the rights to content, recent actions in the music industry have shown it to be a failure. I feel that the FTC should promulgate policies that allow for traditional fair use and discourage use of DRM. Too many consumers are now forced to break DRM just to use the content that they lawfully bought and paid for because of incompatibilities between various DRM systems, lack of adequate portability of DRM protected content, and just plain badly executed DRM. DRM creates more problems than it solves. It needs to disappear.